In Search of the Pluriverse

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Can we as humans and other living beings learn to live together, in difference? Can we create a future that actually has a future? Join Sophie Krier and Erik Wong in their search for alternative perspectives, for radical imaginations, for a world in which many worlds can thrive. A search for something that is already present: the pluriverse is all around us. Wong and Krier have adopted a perspective put forward by Arturo Escobar in his book Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds (Duke University Press, 2018). What are the consequences of these pluriversal notions in daily life? For their search Wong and Krier visit five locations at the fringes of Europe: İstanbul, Casablanca and Berlin (often seen as gateways to and from Central Asia, North Africa and old Europe) and two rural areas: the Isle of Mull and Asturias (as places for self-sufficient living). For every edition four makers join Erik and Sophie, two locally based, and two based in the Netherlands. Every conversation and encounter builds on the previous one in an effort to create a vibrant network that connects different places, different types of knowing and ways of living. Listen in, the door is open.

Episode Date
Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #7 Finale: Body talk
01:09:14

Imagine a cold, dark and rainy afternoon in November. The group (Dimitrova, Espinosa, Zahn, Wong, Krier and audiotechnician Robert) gathers under an old amusement park bumper-car-roof. We wear silent headphones with discolights. We are in the shadows of Haus der Statistik, that houses artistic and research based projects during its renovation. We use a score by Mia Habib and walk clockwise in circles. Robert stands in the middle, holding the mic. 

A walking, searching conversation that covers most subjects we touched upon these past few days: fluidity, violence, urban capitalism, the relation between body, city and health. The tone of the conversation is committed yet bleak. At the end Sophie lights up the space by quoting Puddles the Pelican: “It’s gonna be alright, even if it’s not gonna be alright”. 

References:

Glossary of Urban Praxis, Werkstätte Berlin, 2022: https://www.urbanepraxis.berlin/glossary-of-urban-praxis/?lang=en Modellprojekt Haus der Statistik: https://hausderstatistik.org Mia Habib: All, a physical form of protest: https://www.miahabib.com/?portfolio=all-a-physical-poem-of-protest Beyoncé, Formation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDZJPJV__bQ Body of Bodies, Stadterweitern: https://stadterweitern.de/publication A pluralistic universe, William James, 1908: https://journals.openedition.org/ejpap/756 Neue Kreuzberger Kunstverein: https://www.nbk.org/de Jeremy Wade aka Puddles the Pelican: https://showdownpodcast.podigee.io/69-new-episode

Sep 14, 2022
Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #6 Intermezzo: other voices, other lives
12:42

We do realise that outside our hyperfocused Berlin bubble, this city hosts many other lives and voices that deserve to be heared and recognised. And that is why – in this short intermission – we make room for Doreen, Vasille, Fluss Puss and Johanna, Berliners we met while walking the streets. What does fluidity mean to them? What brought them here? Who exactly is Berlin?

Berlin Pigeons: https://www.exberliner.com/berlin/berlin-pigeons/ Fluss Pluss: https://soundcloud.com/flusspluss 

Sep 14, 2022
Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #5 Sabine Zahn: Doing the city
46:23

Sabine Zahn lives and works in Berlin. She investigates how choreographic strategies can help understand how urban space can be lived, expressed and transformed. She creates public research projects and processes which are often based on scripts that set something – often bodies – in motion. In 2021, Sabine was appointed a fellow in the DAS Graduate programme in Amsterdam.

We had this conversation at Floating University, a place for learning and experiment in a neglected water basin at the fringe of Kreuzberg. Zahn thrives in places like this, where new ways of living and being – human and more than human – can be tried out and ‘rehearsed’.  A talk at dusk, when the light faded and the cold started to creep in. A conversation about the body as a tool to understand words, and words as the start of a choreography. 

References:

Floating University Berlin: https://floating-berlin.org/ Fremdgehen: http://www.lovelabours.net/ Stadterweitern: https://stadterweitern.de/publication DAS Graduate Programme: https://www.atd.ahk.nl/das-research/third/third-cohorts/sabine-zahn/ 

Sep 14, 2022
Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #4 Tomás Espinosa: The art of cruising
48:21

Tomás Espinosa is artist and activist. He works in both in Berlin and Bogotá. The tension between the ‘intimate’ and the ‘public’ fuels his work. He installed two hanging mirrors with holes in a Berlin park, where men meet for sex. He filmed the installation and put a soundscape under it in which you hear Espinosa cruising through the greenery, making contact with other male bodies. Is this a disturbance of a secretive meeting place, or an attempt to emancipate? He took this installation to Bogotá where he engages since 2015 with La Red Comunitaria Trans, a trans activist network. Together they develop actions, performances and videos. 

A talk on a crisp, cold morning about fighting violence, having sex in public places, the urgency of protest, the worth of a life and the darker sides of fluidity. 

References:

Tomás Espinosa: https://www.tomasespinosa.com La Red Comunitaria Trans: https://redcomunitariatrans.org Cruising: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruising_for_sex Necropolitics, Achille Mbembe: https://criticallegalthinking.com/2020/03/02/achille-mbembe-necropolitics/ 

Sep 14, 2022
Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #3 Kornelia Dimitrova: Playbook for healing
49:00

Architectural researcher Kornelia Dimitrova co-founded Foundation We Are, a collective of nine creative minds and makers. We had a Warming Up Talk in 2020 with Kornelia and her co-founder Bernhard Lenger. Dimitrova’s analytic and bright approach of the built environment and social dynamics stuck with us, so we asked her to join us for our Berlin edition. In her own practice Dimitrova helps care organisations to address spatial and architectural issues by imagining alternative scenarios for use. In the past years she developed a strategic vision for De Grote Beek, one of the largest mental healthcare facilities in the Netherlands. Kornelia published her proposals in the Playbook for Healing Environments. 

A talk – with a blazing fire in the background – about the value of mapping, working with what there is, and the art of proposing the right possibilities at the right time. 

References:

Kornelia Dimitrova: https://www.kodimitrova.com/ The Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, Berlin (1919-1933): https://magnus-hirschfeld.de/ausstellungen/institute/ Sectie C Eindhoven: https://www.sectie-c.com/site/ Stock photography: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stock_photography 

Sep 14, 2022
Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #2 Vertical field trip: sensing Fischerinsel
23:42

We start every pluriversal trip with a joined experience: a vertical fieldtrip, or an ‘acupuncture of place’ as Sophie Krier calls it. Guided by participant Sabine Zahn we (Tomás Espinosa, Kornelia Dimitrova, Benoît Verjat, Sophie Krier and Erik Wong) attempt to ‘feel’ one of the oldest, but now quite nondescript parts of Berlin: Fisherinsel. Sabine invites us to use our whole body and all our senses. We start at motor ship Heimatland that houses Hošek Contemporary, a residency/studio space that functions as our home base. 

We walk, jump, stumble, roll, smell, touch, listen and observe. At the end you can listen to some personal audio notes. A very physical start of our fluid trip.

References:

Fisherinsel: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fischerinsel Hošek Contemporary: https://www.hosekcontemporary.com Bei Lydia: https://www.tripadvisor.ie/Restaurant_Review-g187323-d15036865-Reviews-Bei_Lydia-Berlin.html 

Sep 14, 2022
Fluid selves, fluid Berlin #1 Daan van Kampenhout: Fucking with the Gods
47:23

Although in time it was our last conversation, we decided to start this string of talks with Daan van Kampenhout. His take on fluidity is inspiring and a perfect introduction to our series ‘Fluid selves, fluid Berlin’.

Van Kampenhout’s interest in shamanism started after having vidid dreams during a malaria infection. He graduated from art school with a series of costumes and rituals. After a life of travel, learning, publishing and teaching, Van Kampenhout still combines his ritualistic, systemic practice with designing costumes and performing. A talk on a quiet winter day about antidotes for hate, mediating between matter and spirit, a queer ancestors ritual and the importance of Berlin’s KitKatClub as a fun, fluid techno temple. 

References:

Daan van Kampenhout: https://daanvankampenhout.com/ Bert Hellinger: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bert_Hellinger Stretch Festival/Village: https://www.stretch.berlin/ Radical Faeries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radical_Faeries KitKatClub: https://www.kitkatclub.org/ 

Sep 14, 2022
Thriving on Mull Detour Talk - With Mae-Ling Lokko & Henriëtte Waal (Accra/Arles/The Hague)
40:33

Ghanaian-Filipino architectural scientist Mae-ling Lokko is active in the field of biomaterials. A recent work discussed in this talk is Thresholds of Return, a gate made of waste from the Ghanian coconut industry. It is a reconstruction of the Door of No Return in Elmina (Ghana), through which the enslaved were led out of Africa. Wong & Krier got to know about Lokko’s work in Mull through Tom Morton (Arc Architects), with whom she designed an ‘open air classroom’ for the Future by Design Cove park residency in the lead up to COP26.

Designer and researcher Henriëtte Waal co-initiated Atelier Luma, an experimental design laboratory in Arles, France, in 2016. Among other programs, Waal helped set up a residency programme there for designers, which is how she first met Lokko. Waal’s system-level projects integrate design, community and ecology and involve collaborations with scientists, communities, an international network of makers, and students.

In this joyful and at times technical Friday afternoon talk, Lokko and Waal share memories and insights about food as a community binder and talk about practices of hardscaping versus ‘mounding’ (contouring permeable earth) to resolve water circulation problems in cities. Mae-ling introduces the idea/theory of generative justice (the bottom up creation, translation and circulation of value) and very vividly describes her recent installation Thresholds of Return. Henriette chimes in when ‘bioregional design’ come to the table: localty and Co2 footprint are easily overlooked in biobased design. Let’s start from the feet up. 

https://henriettewaal.com/about/ www.z33.be/en/programma/mae-ling-lokko/

Apr 21, 2022
Thriving on Mull #13: Bonus: sounds of Mull
03:31

Just before we left we handed all the sounds we recorded along the way, over to sound engineer Martin Low. He mixed it into this soundscape. The last pearl of the string. Thank you Martin, Mull and everyone we’ve met along the way.

Apr 21, 2022
Thriving on Mull #12: Aslı Hatipoğlu on microbes, food and community.
39:53

Aslı Hatipoğlu is weaver, researcher and cook. “By cooking in specific environments, and engaging with people from different cultural backgrounds, I run into stories, which lead me to subjects such as history, psychology, spirituality, ecology and science. I translate these stories into textiles or printed edible materials, and curate dinners around these topics, making use of the social interaction that takes place when we eat together.” Sadly enough Aslı could not join us on Mull, so Erik looked her up in Maastricht where she was a participant at Jan van Eyck Academie, a post graduate programme for art, design and reflection. A talk about cooking, recipes, the locality of food and culture, our relationships with microbes and the deeper understanding of life they provide. 

We were inspired and overwhelmed by Mull and everything the island contains and shared with us.  This is one of 13 talks. We edited it like ‘a string of pearls’. It works best to jump from one pearl to the next, starting at the beginning… Enjoy! 

For more context and information about our search for the pluriverse and the upcoming exhibition we are curating: go to pluriverse.hetnieuweinstituut.nl

Apr 19, 2022
Thriving on Mull #11: Radio Round & About: Barn Talk
01:59:59

After all these 1 on 1’s with our hosts Miek and Rutger, the neighbours, and guests Tim & Reiko, Tom and Anne it is time to listen, share and discuss in a larger local context. We invited more local voices: theater director Rebecca Atkinson-Lord (Tobermory), new generation Mull crofter Renatus Derbidge, Oban-based curator Naoko Mabon, artist Mhairi Killin (Iona) and fiddle player and researcher for South West Mull and Iona Development (SWID) Hanna Fischer. Neighbour Judy Gibson was present, Jimmy and John were too busy at their farms. We (Erik & Sophie) scripted this talk in many ways, but in the end we decided to just give the floor to the participants. We set up a circle, introduced the guests and a ‘talking stick’ and talked in two rounds: Round & About radio, based on the monthly local news magazine with the same name. 

A long and horizontal talk about sourdough cultures, the (local) food economy, the big and complex question of how to thrive, the pain of ‘the 1750-1860 Highlands and Island Clearances’, the effects of tourism on the precarious housing situation and much more. And what about that swan that needed to be rescued? Sit back, go for a walk, or do the dishes and listen. This is the closest to Mull we can bring you. Special thanks to Hannah for playing the tune and Martin Low for making everyone very audible. 

We were inspired and overwhelmed by Mull and everything the island contains and shared with us. This is one of 13 talks. We edited it like ‘a string of pearls’ It works best to jump from one pearl to the next, starting at the beginning… Enjoy! 

For more context and information about our search for the pluriverse and the upcoming exhibition we are curating: go to pluriverse.hetnieuweinstituut.nl

Apr 19, 2022
Thriving on Mull #10: Anne van Leeuwen on unboxing thinking
40:59

It is Anne van Leeuwen’s personal mission to bring about regenerative crossovers between nature and culture and to translate these into concrete projects and propositions. Part of this effort involves creating a constructive dialogue between scientists, artists, business persons, politicians, citizens and wherever possible non-humans. In the past years she co-founded the collective Embassy of the North Sea, which departs from the starting point that the sea owns itself. Their podcast series Voices of the North Sea explores this point of view. Anne – her energy seems endless – is also the co-founder of Bodemzicht, a regenerative farm and learning place. Eaten alive by the migets Anne and Erik talk about birds with a part-time zoo contract, the importance of listening to the sea, and those damn boxes you keep running into when you want to work in a true relational way with our surroundings.

We were inspired and overwhelmed by Mull and everything the island contains and shared with us.  This is one of 13 talks. We edited it like ‘a string of pearls’. It works best to jump from one pearl to the next, starting at the beginning… Enjoy! 

For more context and information about our search for the pluriverse and the upcoming exhibition we are curating: go to pluriverse.hetnieuweinstituut.nl

Apr 13, 2022
Thriving on Mull #9: Tom Morton on emptiness
46:38

Architect Tom Morton founded ARC, a small architectural practice based in a former candle-making workshop in Cupar, Fife, in the east of Scotland. Its nature-based work transcends architectural practice to encompass diverse creative and learning activities such as repairing mud walls, communicating material physics, and building festivals. Erik meets up with Tom in a 19th century lighthouse-builders-home on Erraid. They look out of the window. It looks empty, but what is emptiness? It is a very subjective, loaded word in this fringe of the UK: Tom, some context please! In this meandering talk they touch upon the concept of time and his recent collaboration with Ghanaian designer Mae-ling Lokko for the Future by Design Cove park residency, located one hour from Glasgow, overlooking Scotland’s Loch Long.

We were inspired and overwhelmed by Mull and everything the island contains and shared with us.  This is one of 13 talks. We edited it like ‘a string of pearls’ It works best to jump from one pearl to the next, starting at the beginning… Enjoy! 

For more context and information about our search for the pluriverse and the upcoming exhibition we are curating: go to pluriverse.hetnieuweinstituut.nl

Apr 13, 2022
Thriving on Mull #8: Tim Collins & Reiko Goto on empathy
46:35

Scotland-based artist duo Collins+Goto Studio (Tim Collins and Reiko Goto) are known for their long-term projects that involve socially engaged environmental research and practice in both the USA and the UK. In 2019, after ten years of research, they launched the Plein Air LP, featuring Scotland-based recordings with the help of a plant-driven synthesizer. Sophie meets up with Tim and Reiko on a rainy grey morning. How can we feel empathy with nature? How can we understand other-than-human life forms without speaking their language? And how will this deeper understanding affect us as humans? A talk about peat, post industrial Pittsburgh, the breath of a leave and a horse called Darkness. We were inspired and overwhelmed by Mull and everything the island contains and shared with us.  This is one of 13 talks. We edited it like ‘a string of pearls’ It works best to jump from one pearl to the next, starting at the beginning… Enjoy! For more context and information about our search for the pluriverse and the upcoming exhibition we are curating: go to pluriverse.hetnieuweinstituut.nl

Apr 13, 2022
Thriving on Mull #7: Vertical plastic: sailing with Mark Jardine
40:15

In the meantime our guests from the Netherlands and Scotland have arrived: Anne van Leeuwen, Tom Morton, Tim Collins & Reiko Goto. Unfortunately our fifth guest Aslı Hatipoğlu bumped into the invisible Nation State wall and didn’t make it further than Schiphol airport. Her talk is the last one in this series, we looked her up in Maastricht when we got back.  Before we dive into 1 on 1 talks, we went for a ‘vertical field trip’. A communal effort to really relate to where we are. With skipper Mark Jardine we sailed to a remote beach at the south side of nature reserve Tireragan, to cl ean up accumulated plastic waste. In this delightfully slow paced talk, Mark and his son Stewart tell about living and working at the edge of the ocean, the island economy, the relation with their ship and the art of avoiding danger. So close your eyes and smell the ocean. We were inspired and overwhelmed by Mull and everything the island contains and shared with us.  This is one of 13 talks. We edited it like ‘a string of pearls’. It works best to jump from one pearl to the next, starting at the beginning… Enjoy!  For more context and information about our search for the pluriverse and the upcoming exhibition we are curating: go to pluriverse.hetnieuweinstituut.nl

Apr 12, 2022
Thriving on Mull #6:  Having coffee with Jimmy Campbell
20:17

A bit further down the road lives Jimmy Campbell, the third neighbour we talked to. Apart from taking care of 600 sheep, Jimmy and his wife Christine run a succesful camping site, soon to be taken over his daughter and son in law. A talk about sheep that eat seaweed, the changing flow of tourists, the ultra low market price for wool, and helping each other out as neighbours. 

We were inspired and overwhelmed by Mull and everything the island contains and shared with us.  This is one of 13 talks. We edited it like ‘a string of pearls’ It works best to jump from one pearl to the next, starting at the beginning… Enjoy! 

For more context and information about our search for the pluriverse and the upcoming exhibition we are curating: go to pluriverse.hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

Apr 07, 2022
Thriving on Mull #5:  Wading to Judy Gibson on Erraid
48:26

Judy Gibson spent all her childhood summers on the Isle of Erraid. 5 years ago she relocated here permanently. She shares the island – or tidal island – with the spiritual Findhorn community. Despite living across a narrow strip of sea, Judy is one of Miek and Rutger’s closest neighbours. A talk about community work, her father – Tony Gibson’s – legacy, and the inevitable effects of climate change on daily life. 

We were inspired and overwhelmed by Mull and everything the island contains and shared with us.  This is one of 13 talks. We edited it like ‘a string of pearls’ It works best to jump from one pearl to the next, starting at the beginning… Enjoy! 

For more context and information about our search for the pluriverse and the upcoming exhibition we are curating: go to pluriverse.hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

Apr 07, 2022
Thriving on Mull #4: A walk & talk with John Cameron
22:45

John and Linda Cameron live at Knockvologan 1, next door to where Miek and Rutger live. This is where the Ross of Mull ends, or begins. Camper drivers are often suprised by this fact and have to turn around, or… decide to spend the night on the land of the Camerons. John has lived here all his life, takes care of sheep and cows and drives his ‘quad’ with visible pleasure. A talk about being a crofter, the quality of grass, the deer problem, and cows that go on vacation to neighbour Jimmy’s pastures. 

We were inspired and overwhelmed by Mull and everything the island contains and shared with us.  This is one of 13 talks. We edited it like ‘a string of pearls’ It works best to jump from one pearl to the next, starting at the beginning… Enjoy! 

For more context and information about our search for the pluriverse and the upcoming exhibition we are curating: go to pluriverse.hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

Apr 07, 2022
Thriving on Mull #3: Baking bread with Rutger Emmelkamp
18:08

While Erik and Miek are hiking, Sophie joins Rutger at his morning routine of baking bread. It took him more than a year to get it right: to build a productive relation with the sourdough culture that helps him bake the bread. As a bonus Rutgers shows the ‘barn in a barn’ that he has been building for the past two years. We give you two words: pig manure and resilience.

Rutger Emmelkamp is an artist, teacher and program maker. He connects art, historical and deep ecology theory with film, literature, theater and crafts. In parallel, Rutger has been teaching in various art disciplines for more than ten years and was appointed head of the Jewellery Department at the Rietveld Academie Amsterdam in 2013 – a position he resigned from to dedicate his artistic practice and making skills to Knockvologan in 2017. 

We were inspired and overwhelmed by Mull and everything the island contains and shared with us. This is one of 13 talks. We edited it like ‘a string of pearls’. It works best to jump from one pearl to the next, starting at the beginning… Enjoy!

 

For more context and information about our search for the pluriverse and the upcoming exhibition we are curating, go to the web magazine: pluriverse.hetnieuweinstituut.nl .

Feb 28, 2022
Thriving on Mull #2: A walk with Miek Zwamborn
15:31

Early Birds Miek and Erik go for a walk and enter a magical world. Eaten alive by the midges they talk about how much we don’t know and how Miek finds words for things she sees: by looking at them over and over and over again. As a bonus Miek reads the poem ‘Oaks at Knockvologan’ bij local poet Derek Crook.

Miek Zwamborn is an artist, novelist, book maker and translator. Whilst carrying out field research, she travels through time and space. By intertwining her observations with local history and scientific research on flora & fauna, she creates stories in which drawings, sculptures, raw material and books play a crucial role. She published among others a poetic anthology on seaweeds, The Seaweed Collector’s Handbook (Profile, 2020). 

We were inspired and overwhelmed by Mull and everything the island contains and shared with us.  This is one of 13 talks. We edited it like ‘a string of pearls’. It works best to jump from one pearl to the next, starting at the beginning… Enjoy!

 

For more context and information about our search for the pluriverse and the upcoming exhibition we are curating, go to the web magazine: pluriverse.hetnieuweinstituut.nl

Feb 28, 2022
Thriving on Mull #1: Miek Zwamborn and Rutger Emmelkamp
41:03

Finally: after a warming up that took us longer than expected, we take you to the weather beaten, Scottish Isle of Mull. And how better to arrive than meeting our hosts Miek and Rutger. Two Dutch artists who decided to move to the southern tip of the island. There, surrounded by sea, sheep, bog and a nature reserve, they worked the past five years to build, stumble, fall, getting up and getting connected. We meet them at a moment when surviving slowly turns into thriving. The ‘dance of daily life’ becomes smoother and their artist in residency program Knockvologan is gaining momentum. These two are not going anywhere, they are here to stay. But, have they arrived yet?

We were inspired and overwhelmed by Mull and everything the island contains and shared with us.  This is one of 13 talks. We edited it like ‘a string of pearls’ It works best to jump from one pearl to the next, starting at the beginning… Enjoy!

 

For more context and information about our search for the pluriverse and the upcoming exhibition we are curating, go to the web magazine: pluriverse.hetnieuweinstituut.nl

Feb 28, 2022
Getting in the mood for Mull #2 – with Jay Tompt
38:50

On the weather-beaten island of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland, two artists from the Netherlands set up camp, taking a vow to “work with the elements, not fight them”. Over time they grew a garden, a seasonal residency programme and a neighbourhood barn-in-a-barn. How to thrive and make kin with other humans and non-humans in such a remote place, year-round? The team of In Search of the Pluriverse will find out by temporarily relocating to this northern edge of Europe.

Wong & Krier needed some more context before they left for the UK, Scotland, Mull. To touch base before the actual travel. They choose for a climate/activist perspective – Climate conference COP26, Glasgow is coming up in November – and they wanted to gain more insight in economic/political innovation at a local/community level in the UK. Listen to their conversations with Suzanne Dhaliwal and Jay Tompt.

Jay Tompt is a lecturer in the MA Regenerative Economics at Schumacher College and co-founder of the Totnes REconomy Project (UK), for which he regularly delivers trainings in transition. A ‘political entrepreneur with California style enthusiasm’. Jay works as an executive, consultant, activist and writer. His areas of expertise include citizen-led economics, ethical consuming, green supply chain and waste reduction. A talk about the marginal position of local politics in the UK, the come back of the commons, about the potential of dragons and the power of participation. Listen to an insider who plays the outsider-card whenever needed. 

References

For more information about In Search of the Pluriverse visit hnix.nl/pluriverse and follow @insearchofthepluriverse on Instagram.

Dec 03, 2021
Getting in the mood for Mull #1 – with Suzanne Dhaliwal
35:51

On the weather-beaten island of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland, two artists from the Netherlands set up camp, taking a vow to “work with the elements, not fight them”. Over time they grew a garden, a seasonal residency programme and a neighbourhood barn-in-a-barn. How to thrive and make kin with other humans and non-humans in such a remote place, year round? The team of In Search of the Pluriverse will find out by temporarily relocating to this northern edge of Europe.

Wong & Krier needed some more context before they left for the UK, Scotland, Mull. To touch base before the actual travel. They choose for a climate/activist perspective – Climate conference COP26, Glasgow is coming up in November – and they wanted to gain more insight in economic/political innovation at a local/community level in the UK. Listen to their conversations with Suzanne Dhaliwal and Jay Tompt.

Suzanne Dhaliwal is ‘climate justice campaigner’ and artist. She was part of the Art Not Oil coalition, challenging BP and Shell's corporate sponsorship in the arts, and strives for more inclusivity within the climate movement. Because: Why is Britain’s green movement still an all white affair? Brexit, the pandemic and ‘activist fatigue’ made Dhaliwal relocate to Croatia recently, from where she continues her work. A talk about making privileges productive, a megaphone as listening tool, and the power of making the absent present.

References

Further reading/listening

  • Serpentine podcast  Back to Earth: How do we get there? (Suzanne intervenes at 12 min).
  • Mothers of Invention podcast “Climate change is a man-made problem. With a feminist solution!” www.mothersofinvention.online/

For more information about In Search of the Pluriverse visit hnix.nl/pluriverse and follow @insearchofthepluriverse on Instagram.

Dec 03, 2021
Testing İstanbul’s Waters spin off: Dersim’s Waters
29:54

As part of the podcast episode Testing İstanbul’s Waters, impact maker and Dutch politician with Kurdish roots Kıvılcım Özmen shares the stories of her grandmother Besê Diribaş (1915-1996) about the layered meaning of water in Dersim. Eastern Anatolia has been home to many Kurds for centuries. Some continue to live there even after the Dersim massacre (1937-1938). Slow down, and let this circular tale of belonging cradle you. The original story is by Kıvılcım Özmen; the English narration is by İlke Ercan; and the song Ferfecir is by Metin and Kemal Kahraman. Many thanks to Ayşe Gül Altınay and Gülser İlgan who helped shine a light on Kurdish Alevism.

Dec 03, 2021
Thirst Walk & Talk - Bonus track
05:09

In four short audio notes, Sophie and Erik reflect on the Thirst Talk. Sophie brings in Arturo Escobar’s writings and Erik announces an epilogue of our İstanbul adventure…

For more information about In Search of the Pluriverse visit hnix.nl/pluriverse and follow @insearchofthepluriverse on Instagram.

Dec 03, 2021
Thirst Walk & Talk: On water as continuity.
56:31

With designer Nur Horsanalı, urbanist Yaşar Adnan Adanalı, river mobiliser Li An Phoa and architect Eva Pfannes from OOZE.

Finally Sophie and Erik meet up with Nur Horsanalı, Yaşar Adnan Adanalı, Eva Pfannes from OOZE and Li An Phoa at the same time, in virtual space. After a synchronised one hour walk, following the THIRST WALK instructions Sophie wrote, we meet online in public space. Calling in from İstanbul, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague. Accompanied by the sound of mosques, playing children and a Dutch breeze, we talk about water inside and outside our bodies, about water as infrastructure, as lifeline, as disappointment, as part of our practice and as a continuous flow that connects everything and everybody across generations.

Cited references

For more information about In Search of the Pluriverse visit hnix.nl/pluriverse and follow @insearchofthepluriverse on Instagram.

Dec 03, 2021
Testing İstanbul‘s Waters: Thirst Talk #5 – with Serkan Taycan
22:47

In this extra Thirst Talk, Sophie crosses – virtual – paths with engineer and artist Serkan Taycan who initiated the Between Two Seas Walk: an artwork, a heritage walk and an open air laboratory at the same time. By combining the notion of engineering with an artistic practice, Taycan tries to make us aware of how spatial decision-making can have enormous cultural and ecological consequences.

Cited references

For more information about In Search of the Pluriverse visit hnix.nl/pluriverse and follow @insearchofthepluriverse on Instagram.

Dec 03, 2021
Testing İstanbul‘s Waters: Thirst Talk #4 – with Yasar Adnan Adanalı
23:06

In Thirst Talk #4, Sophie meets up with urbanist and İstanbulite Yaşar Adnan Adanalı. A talk about how all spatial issues have social consequences. Also the idea of walking as a way to produce knowledge and the importance of ‘scale’ pop up during this short, animated talk.

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Dec 03, 2021
Testing İstanbul’s Waters: Thirst Talk #3 – with Eva Pfannes (OOZE)
19:26

In Thirst Talk #3, Erik has a conversation with Eva Pfannes, one of the founders of OOZE. A talk about ‘oozing’ as a slow process without boundaries. The conversation starts in a Rotterdam neighbourhood and ends in a temporary natural swimming pond in London. Dip in!

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Dec 03, 2021
Testing İstanbul’s Waters: Thirst Talk # 2 – with Nur Horsanalı
23:01

In this second Thirst Talk, Sophie meets designer and Istanbulite Nur Horsanalı, who spent a lot of time on the famous Galata bridge to observe fishermen and the social and economic structure that surrounds them. There is a lot of ‘halletmek’ going on there. What is halletmek? Tune in and find out.

Cited references

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Dec 03, 2021
Testing İstanbul‘s Waters: Thirst Talk #1 – with Li An Phoa
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Testing İstanbul's Waters: Thirst Talk #1 – with Li An Phoa

In this first episode Erik meets up with researcher and activist Li An Phoa, who walked 15.000 kilometers in the past 10 years to mobilise all stakeholders involved in the well being of rivers. A talk about the precious 2% of fresh, drinkable water there is on this planet.

Cited references

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Dec 03, 2021
Warming Up to the Pluriverse #8: Bonus track – Pluriversal Exercise: The Art of Attention
05:31

This bonus exercise, recorded by Jay and Isa themselves, is all about choosing a ‘sit-spot’ and building up a relation with it over time. Thank you: Starhawk for inspiration and guidance and Jack Jordan for sound production.

Share your special spot findings via pluriverse@hetnieuweinstituut.nl.

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Dec 03, 2021
Warming Up to the Pluriverse #8: On making the yes and the no
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Warming Up to the Pluriverse #8: On making the yes and the no With Jay Jordan & Isa Frémaux

In this last – but much more to come, stay tuned! – Warming Up talk we meet Jay Jordan and Isa Frémeaux, co-founders of Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (Labofii). This lab brings artists and activists together to design tools and acts of disobedience and resistance. Unhappy with the world of performance and art (Jay) and institutional education (Isa), they created their own practice and approach in which there is always a ‘no’ and a ‘yes’ present, after the zapatista movement. Since 2015 Jay and Isa are residents of the zad (zone à défendre, zone to defend) in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, close to Nantes. From a reserved area for an airport, these 4000 acres evolved over the last 50 years in a beautiful life experiment. A place where the gaps between art, politics and daily life are dissolved. Listen to an electric talk about ‘a world that exists today, because it wasn’t allowed to exist to start with’. And if it is up to us, this is only part 1…

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Dec 03, 2021
Warming Up to the Pluriverse #7: Bonus track – Making life anew
06:41

A pluriversal homework task by Arturo Escobar.

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Dec 03, 2021
Warming Up to the Pluriverse #7: On designing otherwise
57:05

In this talk we meet Arturo Escobar himself, author of ‘Designs for the Pluriverse. Radical Interdependence, Autonomy and the Making of Worlds’ (2018, Duke University Press), the book we use as a guide for our pluriversal search. Escobar is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Political Ecology at the University of North Carolina. As early as 1987, he criticised the downside of ‘development’ from a Western perspective. His search for plural ways to co-inhabit this planet is inspired by Afro-Colombian social movements, and their plea to realise ‘a world in which many worlds fit’. In this personal conversation design is approached both as a system, and as a language and praxis to activate the notions of radical interdependence and – communal – autonomy.

References

 

  • Kothari Ashish, Salleh Ariel, Escobar Arturo, Demaria Federico and Acosta Alberto Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary, Delhi: Tulika/AuthorsUpfront (AUF), 2019. License: Creative Commons. Accessible online.
  • Escobar, Arturo. 2020. Pluriversal Politics: The Real and the Possible. Durham: Duke University Press. www.dukeupress.edu/pluriversal-politics
  • Osterweil, Michal, Kriti Sharma, and Arturo Escobar. Designing Relationally: Mankind and Restor(y)ing Life. Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming.
  • Rising inequality: Red Handkerchief Protests in Colombia www.arte.tv/fr/videos/097615-00…-rouges-de-la-faim/
  • Protests of Nasa indigenous people against the government’s handling of the pandemic distribution.arte.tv/fiche/ARTE_REP…_LA_TRIBU_NASA
  • Escobar Arturo. Autonomía y diseño. La realización de lo comunal, Universidad del Cauca, 2016 www.slideshare.net/delDespojoCrnic…-arturo-escobar
  • Why the Philodendron Monstera has holes! www.sciencemag.org/news/2013/01/sc…ss-cheese-plant
  • The book by Hubert Dreyfus and Paul Rabinow, Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics (1982) first directed Escobar’s thinking on "development" towards a Foucauldian interpretation of development as a "discourse".
  • For more details on the 1998 river basin workshop that Escobar co-designed, particularly its contribution to conceptualizing "the territory" and the Pacific region as a "region-territory of ethnic groups", see Escobar Arturo, Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World (1995/2011).
  • The term diseño de culturas (design of cultures) emerged in the mid-80s within the work that the foundation Fundacion HablaScribe (set up by Alvaro Pedrosa, professor at Universidad del Valle, Cali) did on research and activism with grassroots groups all over the Colombian South West.
  • Winograd Terry and Flores Fernando. Understanding computers and cognition. A new foundation for design. Addison-Wesley Professional, 1987
  • Margulis Lynn, Sagan Dorian. What is Life? University of California Press, 1995/2000.
  • Maturana Humberto and Gerda Verden-Zöller. The Origin of Humanness in the Biology of Love. Charlottesville, V: Imprint Academic, 2008.
  • Nhat Hanh, Thich. The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology. Berkeley, CA: Parallax, 2008.
  • Ferreira da Silva, Denise. 2015. “Before Man: Sylvia Wynter’s Rewriting of the Modern Episteme.” In K. McKittrick, ed. Sylvia Wynter. On Being Human as Praxis. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • “Design/ing Paths towards Post-Covid Transitions: Reimagining socio-human systems on a pluriversal key, Design PhD 2020 Summer School, Polimi PhD programme in Design, Politecnico di Milano, June 22, 2020 www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d2jXRs7L8I&t=600s
  • The idea to move away from institutional concepts of health, education and agriculture to the active forms of engagement with and in the worlds we inhabit through healing, learning, and growing food was first articulated by Gustavo Esteva, Universidad de la Tierra, Oaxaca, México.

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Dec 03, 2021
Warming up to the Pluriverse #6: Bonus track – On sexual creative energy
03:40

The main conversation ends with the notion of a child-like sexual/sensual energy that we tend to disconnect with while growing up. In the bonus track Camila dives into ‘that beautiful thing that we feel in our whole body’. It is linked to the vagus nerve that connects the brain to our sexual organs. How can we (re)activate this nerve? Listen!

References

  • “ The vagus nerve is a wonderful channel of sexual energy.” selfcervix.com/pages/science
  • “The gag reflex has a lot to do with life and death. It triggers a kind of release.” www.biologyonline.com/dictionary/gag-reflex
  • Transition Design borrows methodologies from Social Sciences to address so-called “wicked” problems (climate change, poverty, loss of biodiversity, pollution) in an effort to catalyse societal transition towards more sustainable and desirable futures. See critical writings by Cameron Tonkinwise on the matter. www.cd-cf.org/articles/design-fo…-from-and-to-what/
  • Glossary entry web mag
  • Mamihlapinatapai is a beautifully succinct fuegan word referring to seeing and being seen, the meaning of which Chilean curator Camila Marambio phrases as “I know that you know that we both know what we want, but neither of us, neither of I’s, is willing to say so.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamihlapinatapai
  • About the Pluriverse extra entry (…) One of my ancient poems is about the word recorder, which means to touch again the chords of the heart. “Re” is again, and “cordar” comes from “core”, and “core” is the heart. – Cecilia Vicuña in conversation with Camila Marambio in 2015 in: MARAMBIO Camila, VICUÑA Cecilia, Slow Down Fast, A Toda Raja (An ancestral festering wound), Berlin: Errant Bodies, 2019, p.22

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Dec 03, 2021
Warming up to the Pluriverse #6: On being plural
52:07

In this sixth Warming Up talk, we meet Camila Marambio – a being as plural as the worlds she inhabits, falls in love with, and seeks to protect. Camila is the founder/director of Ensayos, a nomadic interdisciplinary research program that has been collectively unraveling the eco politics of the archipelago of Karokynka a.k.a. Tierra del Fuego for about a decade now. Camila completed her Phd in Curatorial Practice at Monash University, Melbourne with both a TV web series “DISTANCIA" and an exegesis (a critical explanation or interpretation of a text) with the title: ‘DISTANCIA: A measure of intimacy.’ Besides all this, Camila identifies and plays with the roles of private investigator, eco-sexual, permaculture enthusiast, and flautón chino player/dancer. Her home base is in Papudo, a coastal town two hours north of Santiago de Chile.

A mesmerising talk about cosmic changes, circular stories, a pluriversal owl and the notion of with-with.

References

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Dec 03, 2021
Warming up to the Pluriverse #5: Bonus track – Stones have laws
04:15

In addition to our main conversation with architect/researcher Sean Leonard, co-founder of Alice Yard, we added a short audio clip about Stones have Laws, a film made by Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan en Tolin Erwin Alexander, in close cooperation with Saamaka and Okanisi communities along the Surinam River. We all enjoyed this ‘visual experience’. 

Reference

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Dec 03, 2021
Warming up to the Pluriverse #5: On celebrating smallness
46:46

In the fifth talk we meet up online with architect/researcher Sean Leonard, part of Co-RD Limited, and co-founder of Alice Yard, a contemporary art space located in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, which hosts and facilitates an ongoing programme of artists and artists’ projects, where networking, collaboration, improvisation and play are key. In 2020 Leonard was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Tilting Axis Fellowship made possible among others by Het Nieuwe Instituut. This position includes collaborations with the Amsterdam Museum, De Appel, The Black Archives and FKA Witte de With / Melly. This is also how ‘In Search of the Pluriverse’ and Leonard crossed paths. A vivid talk about heritage, the yard as a space of play and negotiation, swamp lodges and stilt walkers.

References

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Dec 03, 2021
Warming up to the Pluriverse #4: On avoiding assumptions
42:43

In this fourth talk, Wong & Krier speak with architectural researcher Kornelia Dimitrova and social designer Bernhard Lenger, co-founders of Foundation We are, a collective of nine creative minds and makers that functions both as a playground for their different individual practices, and as a joint design consulting agency aiming to transform social and legal systems. How to keep your design practice close to the ground? Can we still have hope for Europe? And what is the similarity between a personal burn-out and climate change? Tune in to find out.

References

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Dec 03, 2021
Warming up to the Pluriverse #4: Bonus track – Designing collectively
03:36

Reference

DD BNO magazine www.bno.nl/page/dd

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Dec 03, 2021
Warming up to the the Pluriverse #3: On imagining beginnings
41:19

In this third warming up talk we speak to Mariana Pestana, curator of the fifth Istanbul Biennale entitled “Empathy Revisited: Designs for more than one” about what kind of ‘radical design imagination’ (Escobar 2018) the world needs, today.

In a nutshell, Mariana’s critical social practice investigates “the role that fiction can play in re-imagining futures for an age marked by technological progress and an ecological crisis.” Initially trained as an architect, Mariana lives and works between Porto and London where she has taught at Royal College of Art and Central St Martins. She is one of the co-founders of The Decorators, a collective that produces collaborative public interventions and cultural programs, such as Expedition Empathy (Azores, 2019). The publications she (co)edited over the past years speak volumes: “ The Future Starts Here ” Victoria and Albert Museum(2018); “Eco Visionaries: Towards an Interspecies Future” Matadero Madrid (2019).

References

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Dec 03, 2021
Warming up to the Pluriverse #2: Bonus track – Pa Amb Tomàquet (Catalan bread with tomato)
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Dec 03, 2021
Warming up to the Pluriverse #2: On letting things run by themselves
24:40

In this second ‘warming up talk’ we meet Miquel Hervás Gómez, Catalan by birth, living and working for 10 years in Amsterdam. As a graphic designer Miquel embraces the idea of the ‘collective’. He is a member of design/research platform Fanfare and the online collaborative Carne Kids. In parallel to his design practice, Miquel teaches at both the Sandberg Institute and the Rietveld Academy and manages the bookbinding workshop BBBBgraBB for both institutions.

References

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Dec 03, 2021
Warming up the Pluriverse #1: On becoming networks
31:45

In this talk we meet Joke Robaard, independent thinker and maker. Active since the 80s in the world of design. Deeply involved in art and education. Developed a broad framework to reflect on design, materiality, weaving. Recently co-authored the book Archive Species with Camiel van Winkel on her ever-growing collection of (fashion) images. In short: always traced her own course.

Does the idea of the Pluriverse as enunciated by Escobar in his 2018 book resonate with your practice, we asked.

References

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Dec 03, 2021